Polk County further restricting hospital visits

POLK COUNTY, Iowa- The Polk County Health Department is putting in further restrictions for visiting patients at local hospitals. Visitors are not allowed unless the visitor is a designated caregiver, and the patient falls into one of the following categories:

·ED/Outpatient Areas/Clinics: One visitor

*Patient is imminently dying

*Patient is a minor under age 18

*Patient is suffering from confusion or delirium

*In Maternity Services (Labor & Delivery, Postpartum) one designated caregiver/support person. Doulas and outside birth coaches will not be permitted

*Patient having surgery- one visitor only through pre-surgical area, waiting rooms and through the duration of the patient’s surgery and post-op course until discharged home. 

Designated caregivers must be free of any signs of illness. Those at high risk for severe disease should not visit.

Designated caregivers include:

·Siblings under the age of 16 are not allowed

·Always remain in patient room as appropriate

·Limit movement within the facility and avoid common areas

·Free from illness such as (fever, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, vomiting or runny nose)

Visitors may be screened by hospital personnel. Designated caregivers are required to wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand foam/gel upon entering and exiting patient’s room. Team members will provide instructions if additional PPE is required.

We understand these visitor restrictions may be difficult for you. While we are committed to providing a family-centered care environment, right now restricting visitors is in the best interest of our patients and staff.

www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health.

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